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Supporting EngD and PhD research

The call is not open. The last call closed on 20 Sept 2019

All projects must led by a Scottish university partner. It must be supported by an industry partner and clearly demonstrate the potential for industrial relevance by the innovative use, advancement or application of sensing, imaging and/or IoT.

Industrial engagement, evidenced by a letter of support, is necessary for a project submission.

We are particularly interested in industrial engagement from organisations with a base in Scotland or where the outcomes of the research project will impact favourably on the Scottish economy.

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The project must align with one or more of our major themes:

Internet of Things

  • IoT systems: networking of physical objects to enable communication and data exchange with each other, typically without the need for human intervention, with a focus on system-level aspects of IoT.
  • IoT cyber security: security and resilience challenges in the design, manufacture and application of IoT devices and techniques.


  • Sensing and measuring/advanced devices and fabrication, including fabrication and characterisation facilities and expertise.
  • Signal processing, communications and networking – particularly low power/high security.
  • Advanced data analysis and visualisation, with a focus on data analysis rather than data collection.
  • Remote and distributed systems/sensing, addressing challenges in deploying sensors across wide/remote geographic areas.


  • Imaging and optical measurement techniques, predominantly at wavelengths from the visible, through the infrared to microwave frequencies, for example:
  • Quantum sensing and imaging technologies
  • Hyperspectral imaging
  • Remote sensing
  • Surveillance and security
  • Medical and ophthalmic imaging